Former Mars Volta and At the Drive-In members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, have teamed with drummer Dave Elitch, with help from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea for their new project, Antemasque, and the supergroup have just dropped their debut track.
The project was announced yesterday, when the group released a trailer and rehearsal video. Today, the band have made their their first single, titled 4AM, available on iTunes and with it have released another rehearsal video entitled 4M – Creative Process. Check out both below.
Flea is a long-time collaborator with Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala, having played bass on the Mars Volta’s 2003 debut De-Loused in the Comatorium and contributed trumpet to that album’s followup, Frances the Mute.
A tweet from Flea this morning puts into contention his official spot on the new group’s lineup, although he does confirm that did in fact recorded several tracks with the group. “Woke to find out I’m in a new supergroup. Hahahaha,” wrote the bassist. “Played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends omar and Cedric for love that[‘s] all.”
The Mars Volta officially split in 2013 when Bixler announced on Twitter that he was no longer a member of the band he and Rodriguez-Lopez started in 2001 after the break up of At the Drive-In. After briefly reuniting as At the Drive-In at Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2012, little was known about the duo’s future plans together, until now.
Woke to find out I'm in a new supergroup. Hahahaha. Played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends omar and Cedric for love that all
— Flea (@flea333) April 9, 2014
Listen: Antemasque – 4AM
Watch: Antemasque – 4AM – Creative Process